Saturday, July 30, 2011

Scrapbook Saturdays

It's Scrapbook Saturday at My Cricut Craft Room
If you didn't start there please go back so you won't miss any of the great layouts created by Erica's

My layout today is about 'my boys' and their first experience showing pigs at our county fair.
Nana...that's me and Papa sponsored them this year in the County Fair Swine Show & Sale and they made us very proud.

Carts I used ~

Country Life ~
County Fair (title)

County Fair~
Blue Ribbon

Summer Vacation~
Ferris Wheel

Elegant Edges~

Ribbon on Blue Ribbon


The # are the designs I numbered 1-50 on the overlay:

<PigNChkn>  pg. 39  #12 ~ 3.20-3.04 ( I cut the chicken off)~ bottom layer
#12 Layer 1 ~ 2.72-3.04  ( I used hide/contour on my gypsy to hide the spots on the pig) ~ top layer

<Ribbon> pg. 29  # 9 (blue ribbon)
Layer 1
(All cut at 5")

Flag  pg. 73  #52 (flag feature)
(Flag on blue ribbon)

<FerrsWhl> pg 35  #15 ~ 5.46-5.47

Frame <sclops-s> pg 48  #38 ~ Fit to picture size

I used layers on the gypsy to create the banner~
County ~ Font feature ~ 2.53 (each letter)
Scalloped Flag (bottom layer ) #50 (font feature)  1.66-2.65
Solid Flag  # 49  (font feature)  1.41-2.53 ( layer in between in color you want letter to be)
FAIR ~ (Font Feature) ~ 5.63-1.75   Cut two, one in red and one in white. ( I offset the red on the white)

Paper and other I used~ 
Paper is Just Dreamy 2 by Christy Lyle & Zoe Pearn by My Mind's Eye
Cream background cardstock from stash.
Peaches and Creme cotton twine

I used white crushed velvet flock by Doodlebug Design  over pink cardstock for my pig.
I printed 'NANA'S PICK' on copy paper, then applied repositional glue to the flag and placed it over the print and put it back in the printer to print on the flag. Removed from copy paper and placed on blue ribbon.

Scrapbooking is my favorite and I've been doing them for a while but I just started using Cricut to create my layouts.  I'm getting more and more comfortable only using the Cricut and I'm really loving it.  I have to say the more familiar you are with your carts the easier it comes together.  After joining My Cricut Craft Room I'm learning to love card making too...I just need more practice, I definitely get the inspiration here!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great Scrapbooking Saturday!


Friday, July 29, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room's Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Christmas in July Blog Hop!

If you came from Enjolie's Blog you are in the right place.  If not then please go back to

Every year my daughter hosts a Christmas cookie and cupcake party for family and friends and I have to say no one enjoys it more than my grandson Landon.  He loves to be in the kitchen!

This is my layout... you might get a kick out of his unique attire!

Carts I used~

Lyrical Letters ~ title
Birthday Cakes ~ cupcakes

Paper and embellishments from stash

Thank you for stopping by and if you haven't already, put some Christmas music on and enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Next you will go to

In case you get lost here is a list you can follow:

connie      YOU ARE HERE

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Theme Day Thursday

                 It's Theme Day Thursday at My Cricut Craft Room and today's theme is

If you came from My Cricut Craft Room you are in the right spot.  If not, be sure to go there to see ALL of the creations made by Erica's team.

I chose to do a layout of my grand daughter's new puppy, Bella.  Her fiance surprised her with Bella for her birthday.  She's a Morkie, which is a Maltese and a Yorkie.  She is so lovable!


The quote on the tag says~
Whoever said money can't buy happiness forgot about puppies! -unknown

Carts I used:

Mother's Day Bouquet ~  Flowers
Gypsey Wanderings ~ Butterfly
Life's A Party ~ Diva
Ornamental Iron ~ Photo Corners
Bloom ~ Label


Shapes numbered from handbook
#2   2.22-2.06
#3   3.00-2.76
#34  2.25-2.06
#34   1.09-1.00

#14   1.38-1.94

#43 pg 63 keypad  4.62-2.65

#36   1.72-5.94

#56 small 4.43-1.94
medium 5.34-2.29
large      5.89-2.53

How I Did It~

I used Color Box Pigment Brush Pad to shade then I shaped the petals.

Then I punched a hole in the center of each layer.

Next I layered the petals.

Finished flower with 16 mm i-top brad using  patterned paper~
I used Stella and Rose by Jen Allyson and Lost and Found by My Mind's Eye.

Now I'm going to share my newest tool , the i-top.  I'm loving this tool!

First I punched out exactly what I wanted my topper to be.

Next I lightly misted a paper towel with water using the mini mister and placed the topper in between briefly.  ( I saw this tip online...sorry I don't remember where.) It is supposed to give a smoother look on the brad.  I was happy with the results but I have nothing to compare because I used the mist every time. Be sure not to over mist though.

Place Brad Daddy Shell onto metal head then center topper onto Brad Daddy Shell.

Gently squeeze handles pressing Brad Daddy Shell and Topper into Rubber Head.  Pinch sides of rubber while you hold.
Rotate Rubber Head and flatten down tabs. (see below)

Turn tool over and insert a Brad Daddy Base into Metal Head.
Align heads and gently squeeze.  Rotate out and peel back Rubber Head.

Finished flower with i-top brad.
Last on my instructions with this tool was a disclaimer~

Warning: this much fun may be habit forming!
LOL! It is!

I never thought I would use Ornamental Iron but when I saw it was retiring I thought I better get it.
I'm so glad I did!  The cut is amazing!
I don't think these were intended for corners but this is how I placed them. I think it compliments the iron fence in the picture.

Finally I wanted to use this paper wire and ended up making these...well, we'll call them swirls.
I pinched the end and just started winding them up between my thumb and forefinger.  When I got to the size I wanted I punched a circle out of kraft cardstock and glued it to the back leaving a trail of the paper wire.  Instant...'swirls'!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a happy craft day...if not a happy pets day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Surprise 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

                Welcome everyone!  You should have come from Charlotte's Creations.  If you did not please start at Erica's blog, My Cricut Craft Room.

                 As a design team member I think I can speak for my team members and myself, we have had "ants in the pants" to present this hop to you! This is a very exciting time for Erica and we're all so very happy for her!

                  Now I'd like to share my "Best Wishes" and "Happiness" to Erica and her new hubby!

                This is my card for the newly weds.  I used the Sweethearts cartridge for the bride and groom # 29 & # 30/shadow.  For the inside sentiment I cut Best Wishes #57 in black, then again in the lilac vellum both cut 4.00-4.25. I used the hide/contour to hide the inserts and make the vellum solid for a stained glass effect.

                 This is my gift to the happy couple, my layout "Happiness".  I made the flower, with Erica's chosen color lilac, with vellum. It is made with varied sizes of hearts using the Sweethearts cartridge # 3/shadow.

To the happy couple

Best Wishes and all the Happiness in the World!

I just have to share that I won the

Where is the Cricut Buddy Contest!

This was my entry...actually Erica's entry won but I won the prize! Second place isn't always bad!
I can't compare my excitement with Erica's today but it's up there!

Thanks Erica, can't wait for the next Where's Cricut Buddy Contest!

The next stop along the way will be:


If you get lost here is the entire line up:

6. Charlotte Simpson Cornett
7. Connie Benford Layman     YOU ARE HERE
12. Jamie Lindsrom (scrapbookingprincess Jamie)
14. Jennifer Rethorn Lundy
17. Kathleen Schriber
19. Lezlye Lauterbach-Hardwick
25. Patricia Holloway
32. Tina Ondrus Keller

Happy Hopping!